What is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and who is eligible to use it?
An EAP is a confidential counseling and information service that allows people to discuss personal problems and concerns in an understanding and professional environment away from the workplace. EAP services are available to your employees and their dependant family members.
What kinds or types of problems or concerns can I bring to this service
Many people may feel that their problems may not be suitable for the EAP. Some may feel that their problems are too small or minor to use the service. It is important to realize and remember that using the EAP to address what may be a more minor issue can help keep that issue from developing into something much more significant and potentially unmanageable. Similarly, others may feel that their problems are too large or severe for the EAP. The following are some examples of types of problems or concerns that often lead people to seek come information and support from the EAP:
- Communication problems
- Concerns regarding child rearing
- School concerns
- Single parenting issues
- Caring for aging parents
- Access to childcare and eldercare resources
- Marital and Relationship
- Relationship enhancement
- Communication breakdown
- Personal and Emotional
- Feeling anxious or upset and not knowing the source of these feelings
- Feeling impatient and frustrated with life challenges
- Goal-setting and decision-making
- Dealing with depression
- Interpersonal Relating
- Relationships at work, at home, and in the community
- Development of specific skills such as assertiveness, problem-solving, and anger management
- Stress (including Job-related)
- Dealing with diverse life demands
- Learn specific techniques or skills to manage stress more effectively
- Balancing career and family
- Assessment of stress levels, goal setting, and coping strategies to help keep normal stress levels from developing into distress
- Vocational and Career
- Teenagers who are finishing high school and are planning for the future
- Professional and career development - It is important to note that counselors will not intervene in the personnel policies and practices of the company, but rather they will support an individual's efforts to develop, grow, and effectively deal with challenge and change.
- Career transition, family move
- Alcohol & Drug Concerns
- Concerns regarding use (and potential abuse) of alcohol/drugs (including prescription medication)
- Support for individuals who are dealing with a family member who is misusing alcohol or drugs
- In the event an individual requires the support of a substance abuse recovery program, the EAP counselor will assist him or her in selecting the most appropriate type of program. Fees are the responsibility of the individual, however, the counselor can identify publicly supported alternatives in conjunction with current insurance benefits in effect for the individual.
- One-year follow-up service through Relapse Prevention Program
- An individual facing financial or legal problems is often experiencing problems in other areas such as stress, marital and the like. The EAP can support the individual in dealing with these concerns.
- Legal assessment and information. The legal service provides assessment and referral only and does not cover legal activities beyond assessment and referral. Access is not allowed for employment, work-related or employer-directed issues. Legal issues addressed by the EAP include, but are not limited to:
- Separation and divorce
- Contract problems
- Motor vehicle
- Wills and trusts
- Real estate
- Landlord/ tenant
- Financial assessment and consultation. Immediate needs are addressed by a qualified financial advisor. Urgent financial issues addresses include, but are not limited to:
- Credit/ debt management
- Disability income management
- Financial/ investment planning
How does the Critical Incident Debriefing (CID) service work?
- The Need
When people witness or experience traumatic events (such as robbery, violence, or accidental death), reactions can range from shock to denial to nervous tension. Many people involved in this type of critical incident go on to develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress. These symptoms can have negative effects both at home and in the workplace.
- The Service
The Critical Incident Debriefing Service associated with the EAP is designed to respond immediately to a traumatic event so as to provide support to those in need of support. The EAP counselors at EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC are qualified and trained to conduct a quick and thorough assessment of the incident and develop an overall action plan to reduce both short-term and long-term effects people associated with traumatic events may experience. Furthermore, on-site group debriefing(s) may be provided in addition to the counseling sessions employees (and family members) may access. This service is available to help minimize trauma-related symptoms, and to help individuals resume 'normal' levels of functioning as efficiently as possible.
Employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors or managers if a workplace related traumatic event occurs.
Traumatic events addressed by the EAP include:
- Accidental death
- Violence or attempted violence
- Natural disaster
How can employees and their family members be assured of complete confidentiality
The entire EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC organization takes a great deal of care to maintain the confidentiality of those who choose to turn to the EAP for support. A number of things are done to maintain this confidentiality:
- EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC makes every effort to ensure that no two persons from your company will have back-to-back appointments with the same counselor, ensuring that they will not accidentally meet each other at the counseling office.
- Identifying telephone messages are never left at home, or at work, without permission of the employee.
- EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC is paid on an annual fee by client companies; there is no direct employee invoicing for service.
- Counselors work within a strict code of professional ethics, within the limits of the law.
- Reports made to your company contain only non-identifying information; individuals must provide proper consent in order for their company to be informed of their participation in the EAP.
What type of information does my company receive about the use of the EAP
The only type of information that is provided to your company by EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC is a summary of the numerical and statistical information associated with program participants. This information is 'numbers only', and will in no way identify any individual who has used the service. EAP Lifestyle management, LLC realizes the importance of confidentiality to those who use the EAP. Confidentiality is respected and maintained by each and every individual within the EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC organization.
Does an employee have to make the initial contact for a family member
No. In fact, family members must access the service on their own behalf since appointment requests from a third party are not accepted. The EAP is a voluntary service that is available for those who choose to use it.
How does the hotline work
The EAP hotline is staffed by EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC professional service coordinators and counselors 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The hotline numbers are:
- Locally 621-5360
- Toll Free 800-788-2077
How quickly can an individual have an appointment with an EAP counselor
For most situations, program participants will be offered an appointment with a counselor within 3 to 5 business days of their call to EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC. Situations that are more pressing will result in a first appointment time closer to the initial call, with same day appointments being reserved for the most urgent situations.
What happens during a counseling session?
The counselor will work to establish a comfortable environment so that the individual will feel less anxious about sitting in the office with his/ her particular problem. Through active listening and questioning, the counselor will work to understand a person's concerns, explore their hopes and expectations of the counseling process, and help to facilitate a process that will allow the person to identify and ultimately resolve these concerns. As the counseling proceeds, the counselor will work as a 'coach' to help maintain the focus of each session as work continues on the goals that have been identified at the outset of the counseling relationship. The majority of problems can be addressed within a handful of sessions with an EAP counselor who continues to work towards problem resolution.
What are the qualifications of the EAP counselors
EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC EAP Counselors are highly skilled and qualified professionals. They all have a minimum of a master's degree in the counseling discipline (i.e., Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, etc.), and they have several years of experience in a variety of counseling settings, which means they are equipped to deal with a diverse group of people and a wide range of problems.
How many counseling sessions are available to the employee
The EAP provides short-term, solution-focused counseling, to individuals who choose to access the service. During the counseling process, the counselor will assess the individuals' concerns, and help facilitate a process designed to help work towards problem resolution. Most problems can be addressed within a handful of sessions with a counselor, up to eight sessions. They key here is to remember that the EAP provides short-term counseling. If a problem requires a longer term or more specialized approach that the EAP was designed to deliver, the counselor will help provide the program participant with a referral to an appropriate resource within his/ her insurance plan, managed care plan or community resources.
If the individual is referred to another resource, will he or she have contact with the counselor form EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC ?
Yes. The EAP counselor will continue to be available, as they will help provide follow up to ensure that the individual's concern has been addressed and that the referral to the resource was (and perhaps continues to be) appropriate.
How does EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC select a resource counselor to whom they would refer an employee
Resources are selected to ensure that a comfortable, professional environment is provided to the employee (or eligible family member) consistent with their particular issues within the scope of their individual insurance benefit plan.
Who pays for the EAP
There is no charge to the employee for the service rendered by EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC. EAP fees are paid by the Employer, and participants in the EAP will not have to pay. If, however, an EAP counselor refers an employee to another resource, the responsibility for the fees for those services are the employees based on his health insurance plan. The counselor will attempt to provide a number of referral options and will take into consideration the employees ability to pay for this service. In most cases, there are a number of social services available that can provide the necessary assistant for a fee that is based on one's ability to pay and, in some instances, service may be covered by existing company benefits.
Is participation in the EAP mandatory if personal problems interfere with work performance
Participation in the EAP is voluntary. It is understood, however, that the employee's manager or supervisor can suggest use of the program should the employee's performance decline or deteriorate. It should be noted that participation in the EAP does not relieve:
- Supervisor of the responsibility to manage performance; or
- Employee of the responsibility to meet job requirements and expectations.
There are no mandatory referrals except in case of a "Last Chance Agreement" for which the employee still has the final choice to participate.
If I decide to use the EAP, will my manager or co-workers know about it?
Not unless you tell them. EAP counselors will deal only with you, not with company management, except in "Last Chance Agreement" situations.
I have more that one personal problem. Will this program deal with all of them
If you want to discuss them together, you are free to do so. You can talk over as many problems with your counselor as you think appropriate.
I'm already seeing a professional counselor (i.e. psychologist, social worker, psychiatrists) for treatment of emotional problems. Can I use the EAP as well
Possibly, depending on the situation. Individuals may wish to review the treatment they are currently receiving, and contact an EAP to help consider some options. For example, an individual can certainly use the EAP when a completely different problem or concern has arisen. However, an EAP counselor cannot provide treatment for emotional problems for which you are currently receiving treatment from someone else. Individuals should always tell the EAP counselor about current or previous medical or psychological treatment.
Will the EAP provide service to minor dependants without parental knowledge
Most of the time, minor dependants will access the EAP with their parents or legal guardians. However, there may be situations where dependant children access services on their own. In most instances, the successful resolution of a minor's problem depends on active support from the parent or legal guardian. The EAP counselor will encourage the minor to involve the parent or legal guardian, however, the right or obligation to inform them depends on the situation within the limits of the law. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC.
How many counselors does EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC have?
EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC has more than 200 counselors in its network of EAP counselors located in offices all across the North Americas .
How long is each counseling session?